My Idol Sir Simon Marsden Dies

I’ve just found out that my idol and inspiration for Gothic horror photography, Sir Simon Marsden died last month, January 22 at the age of 63.  I’m truly saddened by this news.

Sir Simon Marsden

Sir Simon Marsden

I first came across Simon Marsden when I flicked over the channels and his voice and imagery IMMEDIATELY caught my attention.  It was a documentary about spooky locations in Ireland and I was amazed that someone else like myself enjoyed taking photographs of tombs and ruins that captured an eerie atmosphere.  The passion and enthusiasm Simon had for these locations really shone through in his work and from that day forward, I This Spectred Isle Simon Marsdenwas hooked.  I got straight onto the Internet, did a search for him, found his website and ordered his book, ‘This Spectred Isle – A journey through haunted England’.

This book is full of dark, haunting images that stick in your mind and together with his text, it takes you to a different dimension.

It was always my dream to meet him one day and I would have given anything to have gone on a photography trip with him.  I should have just asked him.

I contacted him once via his website to tell him what his photography meant to me and I wasn’t expecting a reply, but he did reply and further more in our brief conversation, he told me that he liked my photography.  YES!  I cannot tell you what this meant for me.

Sent: 05 February 2009 09:09
To: Amanda Norman
Subject: Re: For Simon

Hi Amanda,

Many thanks for your kind words on my pictures.

Your websites are great and I love your pictures of Romania, one of my favourite places.

Best regards,


Seriously, if you love Gothic horror and spooky tales, you should pay a visit to Simon’s website and view his breath taking photography.

I’m sad that he’s gone, but I will never forget his work and I will always continue to mention Simon as my inspiration and I really hope that you have a look at his work and immerse yourself in another dimension.

The Twilight Hour

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  1. Sorry to hear this, too 😥 “This Spectred Isle” is about 3 feet to my right hand side, and is excellent. I never knew any more about him. It’s so good when a hero positively responds to a communication. *Big Hug*

  2. Thanks Tim.
    Watch the Twilight Hour and you will be fascinated.

  3. Hi Sherry

    Thank you for the link and your warmth and love for Simon shines through on your tribute page. It’s very moving and special.

  4. Hi Amanda
    I directed ‘The Twilight Hour’ and spent many happy days and nights with Simon over several years investigating haunted ruins across Ireland. We had a fantastic professional and personal relationship based on mutual love of the subject matter that fascinated us. Your tribute hear is lovely.
    Warmest regards

  5. It was really lovely and special to read how inspirational my Dad’s work is to you, thank you for sharing this. I hope you continue to find inspiration from it so that his memory lives on forever.

    Best wishes,

    Skye Marsden

  6. Hi Skye

    Thanks for the comment and I will do my very best to help his memory live on for a whole eternity. 🙂

  7. dear Amanda, Simon Marsden sent me your beautiful interview of his latest book. I became his American agent in 2011. he was so thrilled with your article he wanted to share. I too was impressed with your writing! I built a website to help launch the book. I miss him dearly. Sherry l BretZ

  8. Sorry to read about Simon Marsden , sadly i came across his work after his passing , i was so taken in by the subject power of his pictures which has had me going back to take Black an White photographs as well as Infered which i did over twenty years ago i have long been intrested in Whitby and its tales but now I’m looking at so many ways of recording images that a lot of photographers seem to over look , his work will but a legacy of what an artistic man he was and will be sadly missed. Regard David Gault

  9. I wish i found him 20 years ago. I feel i know him through his passion as my facination with the supernatural started when i was young too. I deeply admire him. Thank you.

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